What would be your oath?
I love the idea of pledging an oath to a higher ideal, I believe it can transform us.
I love this ancient Greek oath of citizenship*, however with some changes. For example,
I would change "my native land" to... " Planet Earth"....
So it would be, "I solemnly swear to leave planet Earth, more beautiful than I received it..."
“The Athenian Ephebic Oath was an oath sworn by young men of Classical Athens, typically eighteen-year-old sons of Athenian citizens, upon induction into the military academy, the Ephebic College,graduation from which was required to attain status as citizens. The applicant would have been dressed in full armour, shield and spear in his left hand, his right hand raised and touching the right hand of the moderator...The ephebic oath is preserved on an inscription from Acharnae, which was written in the mid-fourth century BC” - John Wilson Taylor, 'The Athenian ephebic oath', Classical journal (1918), 495-501
"I will never bring reproach upon my hallowed arms, nor will I desert the comrade at whose side I stand, but I will defend our altars and our hearths, single-handed or supported by many. My native land I will not leave a diminished heritage but greater and better than when I received it. I will obey whoever is in authority and submit to the established laws and all others which the people shall harmoniously enact. If anyone tries to overthrow the constitution or disobeys it, I will not permit him, but will come to its defense, single-handed or with the support of all. I will honor the religion of my fathers. Let the gods be my witness, Agraulus, Enyalius, Ares, Zeus, Thallo, Auxo, Hegemone."
"Οὐ καταισχυνῶ τὰ ὅπλα τὰ ἱερὰ, οὐδ' ἐγκαταλείψω τὸν παραστάτην ὅτῳ ἂν στοιχήσω· ἀμυνῶ δὲ καὶ ὑπὲρ ἱερῶν καὶ ὁσίων καὶ μόνος καὶ μετὰ πολλῶν. καὶ τὴν πατρίδα οὐκ ἐλάσσω παραδώσω, πλείω δὲ καὶ ἀρείω ὅσης ἂν παραδέξωμαι. καὶ εὐηκοήσω τῶν ἀεὶ κραινόντων ἐμφρόνως καὶ τοῖς θεσμοῖς τοῖς ἰδρυμένοις πείσομαι καὶ οὕστινας ἂν ἄλλους τὸ πλῆθος ἰδρύσηται ὁμοφρόνως·καὶ ἂν τις ἀναιρῇ τοὺς θεσμοὺς ἢ μὴ πείθηται οὐκ ἐπιτρέψω, ἀμυνῶ δὲ καὶ μόνος καὶ μετὰ πολλῶν. καὶ ἱερὰ τὰ πάτρια τιμήσω. ἵστορες τούτων Ἄγλαυρος, Ἐνυάλιος, Ἄρης, Ζεύς, Θαλλώ, Αὐξώ, Ἡγεμόνη.
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In this episode you will be able to see demonstration of how to transform your fear, anxiety, anger into inner freedom in 15 minutes*, through my simple 3-Step method, based on Greek Philosophy (Socratic Method, Aristotle, Plato & Stoicism) and modern evidence-based method of Alpha Waves (Self-Hypnosis, Guided Meditation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming). *Practice it on a regular basis for best-results.
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Enjoy this deeply relaxing guided meditation, reflecting on the teachings of Epictetus, the Greek philosopher.
"There are things which are within our power, and there are things which are beyond our power. Within our power are opinion, aim, desire, aversion, and, in one word, whatever affairs are our own. Beyond our power are body, property, reputation, office, and, in one word, whatever are not properly our own affairs...."
So starts the first lesson in The Manual For Life (The Enchiridion) , from the teachings of the great Greek philosopher, Epictetus.
Are you struggling with fear, anxiety, depression and other 'frustrating' emotions? In this video, allow me to share with you my simple 3-step method for overcoming all the above.
The method is an integration of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Stoicism & CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), and can be applied by anyone, who is willing to answer the questions that I ask you in this video.
So get out your pen & paper, and let's 'do the work'. TOGETHER we will go through the healing process. You are not alone, I am here with you. With AGAPE, Alkistis
Roman philosopher Seneca had learned the art of objective, critical thinking from the ancient Greek thinkers, especially Socrates and later Stoic philosophers like Zeno.
In today's guided meditation, we reflect on his correspondence with his friend Lucilius Junior where he wrote:
"There are more things … likely to frighten us than there are to crush us; we suffer more often in imagination than in reality."
Seneca counsels his young friend in his thirteenth letter, entitled “On Groundless Fears”:
"What I advise you to do is, not to be unhappy before the crisis comes; since it may be that the dangers before which you paled as if they were threatening you, will never come upon you; they certainly have not yet come. Accordingly, some things torment us more than they ought; some torment us before they ought; and some torment us when they ought not to torment us at all. We are in the habit of exaggerating, or imagining, or anticipating, sorrow."